‘PSHE is about making sure children and young people have the skills they need to grow up as healthy individuals who can make informed decisions about their lives.’ – Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner

What will I study?
PSHE is the study of Personal, Health and Social Education. It is central to the development of our students as it provides them with the ability to grow in confidence as young people and become informed, thoughtful, responsible, healthy and safe members of society. Rather than having timetabled lessons for PSHE, it is taught through six themed ‘drop-down days’ throughout the year, as well as being delivered during form time by form tutors. Students will think critically about, and gain knowledge and understanding of:

• Economic well-being: considering the implications of spending, saving and using credit
• Identity: students personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these
• Relationships: including different types and in different settings
• Healthy lifestyles: including physically, emotionally and socially
• Balanced lifestyles: including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest and diet
• Risk: identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for one’s self and others
• Safety: including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings
• Diversity and equality in all its forms
• Politics: understanding democracy and the voting system
• Employability: a strong focus on options approaching all year groups and how to apply for college

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a compulsory part of PSHE education. SRE is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It does not promote early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation. It is delivered in a sensitive way that is appropriate to the age of students. The college has an obligation to educate students on the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction that are essential elements of National Curriculum Science. (NB* Parents – If you wish to remove your child from any non-statutory elements of SRE, please inform the college and we will arrange alternative provision for your child.)

SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural development) is woven into all of the themes of PSHE, as students examine their own lives and reflect on their actions, feelings, opinions, thoughts and their own identities. Students also consider the lives of others, for example when appreciating diversity in society, or an appreciation that democracy gives a voice to others. The British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for people of other faiths are also closely linked to PSHE topics to enable students to understand that their own rights and the rights of others are fundamental to being part of British society.

How will I be assessed?
There is at present no formal assessment of PSHE, so you will not receive a ‘band’ for the work that you do in form or on drop-down days. However, you will go through a series of self-reflections, enabling you to recognise where you have become more informed about the topics covered and where you have a better appreciation of your own values and the values of others. Class-led discussions are designed to help you to think critically about topics and will allow you to challenge your own and others’ views so that you can consider a diverse range of beliefs and opinions.

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Ms Annita Boucher